Accepting Music Piracy Argumentative Essay by Zac

Accepting Music Piracy
An argument that free music downloading should not be considered piracy but should rather be encouraged by the music industry.
# 114755 | 2,675 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 22, 2009 in Law (Civil) , Computer and Technology (Internet) , Music Studies (General)

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The paper discusses how the music industry claims free music downloading has had a drastic impact on the careers of almost everyone involved in the creation, production and distribution of music. The paper argues that music piracy is in fact the best thing that has happened to the music industry since although it decreases CD sales, it increases musicians' exposure and saves the industry money that would otherwise be used on pointless promotions. The paper points out that Apple relies on free music downloading by society's youth in order to manufacture and sell devices that can hold an enormous amount of songs. The paper firmly believes that it is time the industry realizes they are benefiting from free music downloading instead of focusing on the negative aspects of this long battled debate.

From the Paper:

"In today's world, digital technology is constantly advancing allowing complex tasks to be completed by a simple click of a button. Shopping for a TV, a new video game, or any other item online requires the consumer's patience while the item is being shipped to its destination. Products sold through the Internet are not restricted to concrete items anymore. Due to advancements in computer hard drive space, music tracks and movies are being sold online, eliminating the trip to movie or record stores. According to Brian H. Murray in his book "Defending the Brand", the Internet has made an evolutionary change in business by allowing the consumer to purchase goods easier than ever before; however, " the explosive growth of internet users has spawned an equally explosive growth of internet abusers" (111)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bratton, Anna Jo. "Music Piracy Crackdown Nets College Kids." MSNBC 13 May. 2007. 11 Nov. 2008 < >
  • Compaine, Benjamin M., and Douglas Gomery. Who Owns the Media? Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media Industry. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000.
  • Grossman, Lev. "The Battle Over Music Piracy." TIME 24 May. 2007. 11 Nov. 2008 <,9171,1625209,00.html >
  • Jones, Christopher. "Metallica Rips Napster." Wired 13 Apr. 2000. 21 Nov. 2008 <>
  • Murray, Brian H. Defending The Brand: Aggressive Strategies for Protecting Your Brand in the Online Arena. New York: AMACOM, 2004.

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